12 Jan General Dentistry: 8 Confidence Boosting Benefits of Veneers
It can brighten a stranger’s day. It’s the first thing people see when they meet you. And it says a thousand things about you before you even speak a word.
It’s your smile.
If you’re not 100% happy with your smile, it shows right away in the way you interact with other people. A less-than-perfect smile makes you self-conscious. And it keeps you from experiencing life to its fullest.
That’s where dental veneers can help.
Veneers are thin, porcelain covers for your teeth. They can’t fix all teeth problems. But veneers can fix some of the most common smile issues like color, alignment, and size of teeth.
Check out these confidence boosting benefits of veneers.
1. Straight Teeth
An unattractive smile is one of the most common problems people have with their teeth.
The conventional method of correcting crooked teeth is with braces. But braces can take years to get your teeth to where you want them. And they are uncomfortable to wear.
Invisible alignment trays are more comfortable and are easy to remove. But they also take a long time to move teeth around the mouth.
Veneers correct crooked teeth in a few visits. Dr. Allen first smooths the surface of the teeth and files away a small amount of enamel to make room for the veneer to sit on top.
Then impressions are taken and the veneers are created in a lab.
Once ready, the thin porcelain is bonded to your teeth to cover up any imperfections. The thickness of the veneer varies to cover up any crooked teeth without having to move the teeth in your mouth with braces.
2. Whiter Teeth
You can take an active role in creating your new smile by telling the doctor how you want your teeth to look. That includes the color of your new smile.
If your teeth are heavily stained and don’t respond well to whitening, veneers are a great option.
And if your teeth are different colors, they may not whiten uniformly with traditional whitening techniques. Veneers get them all the same shade in just a few dental visits.
Veneers are made from stain-resistant material and are made to last a very long time. This doesn’t mean that they won’t change color over time.
But if you take care of them, they’ll remain bright and white for years.
3. No More Gaps
Do you have gaps in your teeth? Veneers can fix that without having to move your teeth around. A set of veneers covers over the gaps for a smile full of well-spaced teeth.
One problem with repairing teeth gaps is that it affects your bite. And as we mentioned before, it can take months or years to get your teeth to move into place using braces.
But veneers don’t have this issue.
4. Size Matters
Your teeth should be in good proportion to the rest of your mouth. If your teeth are too thin or too short, it can make you self-conscious about your smile.
Veneers can add length and volume to teeth. They can also change the shape of your teeth. You can create a smile with rounded teeth or straighter teeth, depending on what you like.
5. Not Too Much Gum
One aspect of a good smile that we don’t think about as often as teeth are our gums. Showing too much or too little of our gums can make our smile look lopsided.
Note, if you have advanced gum disease, then veneers might not be an option for you.
But if your gums are healthy, you can cover them up with veneers bonded to the teeth below. And most people have no issues with gum tissue sensitivity because of veneers.
6. Chipped and Broken, No More!
As long as your teeth are healthy, veneers can fix the look of chipped or broken teeth easier than applying a crown. With a crown, your dentist must do a lot of shaping to make the crown fit all the way around the existing tooth.
But veneers are thin and light and only cover the front of your teeth. Your dentist may only need to shave off 1/2 mm of the teeth enamel to make room for the veneer.
7. You Can Get Partial or Full Veneers
One great thing about veneers is that you don’t have to get a full set if you don’t need them. You can do partial veneers if you only need to fix one or two teeth.
With gaps, you may only need the two front teeth to cover up a front gap. Or one veneer to cover a chip.
It’s a less invasive option than a crown and more flexible. You have the final word in what you want to fix and what you want to leave alone.
8. It’s a Natural Option
The best part about veneers is that they’re customizable so you can make them as natural-looking as you want. Dr. Allen creates the veneer to fit your smile.
Our advice is to make them close, but not totally perfect. So you look refreshed but not overdone.
Invest in Your Smile to Boost Your Confidence
One of the greatest investments you can make is improving yourself. And that includes your smile!
Veneers can create a straighter, whiter smile. They can close up gaps and cover up chipped or broken teeth. They can make your teeth proportionate to your mouth and gums.
And veneers are much easier and less invasive than braces, crowns, or implants. Your general dentist creates a look that’s natural and beautiful to compliment your face.
If you’re curious about veneers, call our office in New Braunfels today. Dr. Allen provides general dentistry care for you and your family. And he can help make your smile, something to smile about!